Posts made in January, 2013

Two amazing kids who proved everyone wrong

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 | 1 comment

Two amazing kids who proved everyone wrong

May sledding yesterday was partially inspired by these two boys who I wrote about today on the BabyCenter Blog. Being the kind of sappy, sentimental type, their story – orginally written about on this Sport Illustrated Kids Blog – had me blubbering like a baby. Here’s my take on their story: Connor Long refused to believe his younger brother, Cayden, couldn’t compete in sports with him. That Cayden can not walk or talk was not a deterrent in Connor’s eyes. Why should it be? The two boys were named 2012 SportsKids of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids because of Connor’s...

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It doesn’t get much better than this… (VIDEO)

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 | 1 comment

It doesn’t get much better than this… (VIDEO)

It is the first snow of the season in London. And, snow does crazy things to people. We stole our downstairs neighbors’ sled out of the storage cupboard. Yes, we are criminals. But, we did it for May – so I don’t think anyone will arrest us. Also, we put it back and we live in the same house as them, so we are probably the worst criminals ever. Honestly, May sledding was an afterthought. We went out in the snow today to take Ieuan (1.5 years old) and his girlfriend (1.5 years old too) sledding for the first time (later in the day, she gave him his first kiss and he enjoyed...

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What should I ask the hospital regarding May’s surgery?

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 | 16 comments

What should I ask the hospital regarding May’s surgery?

Tomorrow, I have a hospital preparation appointment to establish that May is well enough to go on the waiting list for hip surgery. At the meeting, I can ask questions and – since I was blindsided at the last meeting – I now have about 1,000 questions I want to ask, ranging from How will May survive the surgery? all the way to How will I survive a week living the hospital without Wi-Fi? I’m not sure what is relevant to ask at this point. I imagine there are probably people reading this though who have had hip surgery themselves, or a child who has had major surgery, or...

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Why I’m abandoning therapies for cuddles

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 | 10 comments

Why I’m abandoning therapies for cuddles

At some point, towards the end of 2012, I fell into a therapy funk. I stopped doing as much physio at home as I should. I stopped giving May a spoon to hold during her meals. Stopped showing her bright lights in our darkened bathroom while she took her evening bath. It wasn’t conscious. I didn’t even realize about the spoon until someone at May’s nursery asked me about it. “No,” I said, feeling a simple truth slip from my mouth. “I don’t do that anymore.” But, why? Why has this happened? I think it is the surgery. It was shock to learn that,...

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